Kings Forest Investment Property – Wetland Habitat Destruction on the Tweed Coast

Kings Forest Investment Property – Wetland Habitat Destruction on the Tweed Coast

The Property Investment Market and Residential Development Opportunities, on the Tweed Coast of NE NSW,  rely largely on the following 3 things:- 1) destruction of Threatened Native Wildlife Habitat, 2) Wetland Destruction and 3) increased lack of safeguarding for  Sustainable Social Wellbeing within the Tweed Shire Council area.

This is an historically SHAMEFUL situation. The shame is continuing, and soon, more shame will be forthcoming. Not all property investment is shameful. Property investment, when combined with AUTHENTIC ecologically sustainable principles, a good heart, and reasonable duty of care to the future populations of the Tweed Shire – property investment based on these authentic principles, can go a long way to heal the destruction that has been rampant on the Tweed Coast for well over 50 years.

WHAT COSTS?

Looking for Investment Property? Do NOT look at a place such as the Kings Forest, Kingscliff development. This Development is pointing to ecological and financial failure:-  expensive outlays that may not be recuped over time, unless further, costly investment is created to rectify the ecological damage that has, is and continues to occur. The profit margins attached to such a development are highly DUBIOUS. The historical evidence points to an extremely poorly managed property, with dubious legal frameworks and processes involved.

“THE ROLE OF REGULATION IN FACILITATING OR CONSTRAINING ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE FOR AUSTRALIAN INFRASTRUCTURE” – a report by Maddocks ( ISBN 978-1-922003-03-4) to the Federal Government Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. This report outlines scenarios of regulatory concern, with regard to the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events in Australia. The coastline of eastern Australia, and the development and infrastructure occurring there, has plausible chances of incurring extreme weather events, such as storm surge and related groundwater alteration, water security issues and threatened species survival consequences. The issues surrounding infrastructures and development along the coast may involve scenarios of  higher level sea changes than previously thought. This may occur in the lifetime of our children.

Infrastructure and urban structural maintenance and repair, populations’ wellbeing during extreme weather and climate events, ability to rehabilitate disturbed ecological communities, wetlands,  rehabilitation of poorly managed forestry and grazing lands, increased competition from weeds on natural vegetation remnant communities that have been disturbed…. this list is incomplete. I could add many more scenarios to this list, as  examples of what type of future costs and maintenance, social issues may occur, concerning poorly implemented Wetland coastal developments. The impacts on Acid Sulfate Soils, and surrounding wetlands, creeks, lakes and estuarine areas along the Tweed coastline, as the sea levels rise ( and on other land fill locations) – what are the short term and long term consequences here? What are the impacts for the waterways and their sustainable management, and how do the costs of management become allocated? Will it be the property owners who will bear the costs? The rate payers?

Threatened Species, beautiful wildlife habitats, endangered Ecological communities, ecologically sustainable development and SAFEGUARDING for SOCIAL HEALTH and WELLBEING – none of these things are being cared for , by certain regional public and non-local, evasive,  ignorant yet powerful entities active in the Tweed Coast Council area.

Living with Climate Change – Climate Change Adaption and Impact Fact Sheets for Australia at the National Climate Change Adaption Research Facility. Here you will find reference to Wetland Destruction being counter productive to surviving climate change.

National Climate Change Adaption Research Plan for settlements and infrastructure Qld 2012

Kings Forest Choices and Kings Forest Rally VIDEOS at YouTube

Seagrasses & Mangroves” – VIDEO at YouTube showing how coastal ecosystem destruction can affect our entire food chains at a global level.

Adaption Research Network (NCCARF) – Terrestrial Biodiversity. Here you will find a link to the KOALA CASE STUDY. Koalas are threatened in NSW. The biggest threats to Koalas are habitat fragmentation (habitat clearing), dogs, cars and disease. Koalas are considered to be highly vulnerable to climate changes, as predicted by current scientifically modelled scenarios. Inappropriate and non ecologically sustainable development of coastal wetlands not only threatens many native wildlife species (such as the Koala), but listed threatened species run the risk of completely disappearing.

The environmental costs of such species disappearing are hard to put into monetary terms, regarding the future wellbeing of human populations on earth.  Loss of Biodiversity is the most critical issue facing Australians and the world, right now.

Developments such as those occurring in the Coastal Wetlands of the Tweed Coast have incredible costs associated with them, that are not fully accounted for, by mere monetary balance sheets. To invest in wetland habitat destruction is to invest in loss of BIODIVERSITY. Pretty stupid, eh what?

Better to invest in coastal wetland restoration, coastal habitat retention, linking of fragmented coastal wildlife habitats, minimising coastal (ASS) wetland soil disturbance and maximising coastal/marine zone conservation. better to invest in wise democratically elected representatives who want to support biodiversity, rather than those who seek to sanction its destruction.

Better to invest in areas where urbanisation has already occurred, but requires enhancement and rejuvenation/restoration.  Better to invest in areas where the development has already occurred, and is being brought up to date with sound ecologically sustainable rejuvenation.

The cost to volunteers – the valuable community volunteers and spokespersons for the voiceless native wildlife of the disappearing and destroyed Coastal Wetland Habitats is immense, as they seek to find a way to halt the ongoing Wetland Habitat Destruction along the Coastal Zone of the Tweed Shire. This cost must also be put into monetary values, and if it was… well, what would it be???? Community Volunteers are considered a valuable resource to the Northern Rivers Region, as outlined in the Northern Rivers regional Plan 2011 – Vision to 2020.  Volunteers and and Biodiversity = 2 important priorities for the Regional Vision of the Northern Rivers.

And so, I ask you…. WHAT COST, regarding the  Wetland Habitat Destruction as it relates to the  associated time, money and effort spent by volunteers organisations and their committees and individuals, does Non Ecologically Sustainable Development bring to the Tweed Coast Community? WHAT COST, regarding the loss of biodiversity from WETLAND HABITAT DESTRUCTION, as it relates to non ecologically sustainable land use management practices? This is something that investors, in Australia’s future, investors in the TWEED COAST should be asking themselves, and others.

This is a question you should be asking yourself, dearest reader!!

see “Rally calls for Koala Protection” article Tweed Shire Echo 15th December 2011

Who is destroying koalas on the Tweed coast?

see the Australasian Legal Institute databases for the Supreme Court of NSW : William Robert Ell v Katie Milne [2011] NSWSC 645 (27 June 2011)

see the article in the Tweed Shire Echo 21st December 2011 “Leda implicated in illegal clearing”

Short poem honoring Trees

“Dodgy Dossiers on Demand”, an editorial at Tweed Shire Echo (3rd November 2011). see Freedom of Information Act 1989 at the NSW Government Legislation Website

The Australian Government’s “Australian Institute of Criminology” website has some useful INFORMATION on illegal native vegetation clearing.  Environmental crime in Australia “Research and public policy series no. 109”, by Samantha Bricknell (ISBN 978 1 921532 64  1  ISSN 1836-2079)  Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, October 2010 . This publication is available at the AIC’s website.

Adam Gosling’s full paper presentation at the Healthy wetlands 20th NSW Coastal conference 2011 stated “Australia is reported to have lost between 75 and 90 percent of coastal wetlands over the past 200 years (Finlayson, 2000. Usback & James 1993). Not only have wetlands been decimated historically through land clearing for agriculture and urban development and drained or isolated from adjoining wetlands, they remain one of the most severely threatened ecosystems in eastern Australia through coastal development and land use.

The following Questions:-

What is Habitat Destruction? What is Wetland Destruction? What is Degrading Development? And, above all, what is Ecologically Sustainable Development?  These questions need to be asked by the NSW and Australian Government Departments assessing ALL development on the Tweed Coast.

WHO SHOULD HAVE CONCERNS?

A MORATORIUM and INQUIRY concerning THE KINGS FOREST, KINGSCLIFF investment property development should be created IMMEDIATELY, by all levels of government, as well as by independent Judicial, AUTHENTIC Scientists’ and ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES BODIES.

I refer you to the 2002  Keynote address for the  6th International acid Sulfate Soils Conference, by  Professor Bruce Thom, who was  Chair Coastal Council of NSW. The article is entitled ” Environmental History and Decision Making”. Professor Bruce Thom is a remarkable Australian, and a member of the WENTWORTH GROUP OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS .

  • “Very little research has been undertaken on processes, impacts, and consequences of environmental change resulting from human activities in coastal eastern Australia.” & “many problems remain in resolving management difficulties because of conflicts in land and water use arising from population growth, persistence of often fragmented administrative structures, case law, divergent community aspirations, economic greed and environmental ignorance.”
in the white room

Whilst I make reference, in this article, to the LEDA (Bob Ell’s development group) KINGS FOREST, Kingscliff investment properties, this article encompasses much more than the LEDA Groups’ Project 28. The entire Coastal Wetlands of the Tweed Coast have virtually been destroyed by

  • 1) the individuals who have lobbied for, granted permission for and voted for such developments and infrastructures –  in all levels of government,
  • 2) the Private Investment Property Industries of Australia (and their overseas connections),  and
  • 3) every single ignorant person who has invested in, continued to gain profit from and supported the degradation of (the properties) and then continued to further misuse and degrade the property that they have invested in.

Some Where’s and Why’s………?

The misuse of  PLANNING INSTRUMENTS, Ecologically Sustainable Development Principles, Policies and Political Lobbying Arenas (concerning NSW Legislations, hidden, backroom deals and agendas, ignorance and greed of a number of wealthy “players”) should be dealt with by an INDEPENDENT INQUIRY .

Part 3a – at EDO website

EDO Fact Sheet 5.5 Coastal Protection:- here you will find references to SEPP 14, SEPP 44 and SEPP 26

Ecologically Sustainable Development – at Australian Government Environment home (currently called the Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities). See the current (December 2011) Australian Federal Government cabinet members, and their portfolios:- HERE.

Some  WHO’S?

Here are some recent links to look at concerning the highly destructive planning agendas and property investment ignorance of the Tweed Coast “PLAYERS” and legislative protections.

  • State Environmental Planning Policy (Major Development) 2005 (2005-194) Formerly known as :-  State Environmental Planning Policy (Major Projects) 2005 and State Environmental Planning Policy (State Significant Sites) 2005.
  • Map Index for schedule 3:- Kings Forest Site Land Application Map (SEPP_MD_KIF_LAP_001_20100115) & Kings Forest Site Land Zoning Map (SEPP_MD_KIF_LZN_001_20100201) – this link will give you a couple of the MAPS of KINGS FOREST as per Application and Zoning
  • TWEED SHIRE COUNCIL and Tweed Shire Councillors
  • Kings Forest Stage 1 Project Application for subdivision to create new lots for future development, entrance road and associated intersection works (Tweed Coast Road), subdivision and infrastructure works for Urban Development (Stage 1), BULK EARTHWORKS and plantings for the Kings Forest GOLF COURSE which is proposed for the future, within the Kings Forest Development, as well as a service atation and fast food outlets.

***The Kings Forest Stage 1 project application for subdivision is on public exhibition from 22 November 2011 to 23 December 2011. The Department will be accepting submissions up to and including 25 January 2012.

Write to the Premier and Ministers of the NSW Government to INSIST that the KINGS FOREST submissions for this ***latest stage, be extended, due to the many concerns of scientists, locals and wildlife carers regarding this highly inappropriate development

There has already been ASSESSMENTS against this Part 3A Kings Forest Development:- Residential community concept Plan (Part 3a) and modification to the Concept Plan for Kings Forest. See NSW Department of Planning State Significant Sites – Kings Forest, Tweed Shire.

 

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